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Duck-Rabbit Barleywine Ale - The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

538 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 538
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 111
Gots: 46 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SaCkErZ9 on 12-12-2006)
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Photo of newk340
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a maroon mahogany reminiscent of a dark apple cider, crowned by a thin foam ring.

S: extremely sweet on the nose, full of tropical fruits, not unlike a fruit punch.

T: a cool tapestry of sweet fruits - mango, apple, and grapes. flavors swirl in the mouth but disappear with the swallow and don't linger.

MF/D: an initial sizzle of carbonation but leaves a dry heat in the back of the mouth. certainly a new take on the barleywine, but i'm glad i shared the bottle.

newk340, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of Stargazer2892
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Stargazer2892, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of gdfan47
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- pours a darkish brown with very little white head
S- booze, woah.. alot and hops of course, sugar... and not much else
T- very boozey, a touch of pine, def hops, a touch of malt, sugar
M- thick and syruppy
D- i mean its 11 percent and tastes it, if you are drinking this outside of your house just be carefuil

im not super super into barley wines yet

its good, but this doesnt hide the alcohol very well

gdfan47, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of Odysseyalien
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Odysseyalien, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of maketheheartglad
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

maketheheartglad, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of scifan
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First things first this a gorgeous beer. It pours a very clear ruby amber color that almost glows when you hold it up to the light with a lovely off white head that leaves some nice sticky lacing along the glass.
The first couple of whiffs are alot of sweet malts, some nice sherry and port aromas, there are some hops in the background but they're way in the background.
The first sip reveals a lot of sweet malts. I'm getting some caramel, toffee,and just a hint of the 11% in there as well. There is alot more hop flavor than the nose would leave you to believe this isn't a malt bomb it's very balanced.
The carbonation is right on and coats the tongue very nicely kind of sticky. I'm finding this stuff goes down nice and easy I could put away a few on these in a sitting.

scifan, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear ruby red with little to no head but a nice ring stuck around. Smelled of sweet malts with a hint of hops and some alcohol. There was a very sweet malt taste and what seems like pure sugar. There is a lot of hot alcohol which detracts from the sweetness and some sour hops in the finish. The mouthfeel was oily and the alcohol burned down the gullet. This one didn't impress me but I would like to see what it would be like after sitting for awhile downstairs.

CrazyMacHarris99, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of srrn
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vigorous pour yields a quickly diminishing head. Some nice laceing. Clear mahogony color. Typical Barleywine smell, I detect some carmel apple and malt, Sweet malt taste hits the palete first followed by citrus hops and warming from the alcohol. I really enjoy barleywines don't find them that complex but great for sipping and relaxing. Another winner from Duck Rabbit.

srrn, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of semibaked
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my Chimay Goblet.

A - Pours a very cloudy dark brown with about a half an inch of orange/brown head. Tons of great lacing appears throughout drinking.

S - Sweet malts, raisins, toast, and a touch of orange.

T - Kind of an Orange Peel bitterness dominates plus hop bitterness, orange, raisins, and malts.

M - Oily and slick, some resin too.

D - This is a let down, it smelled good but the taste is just too bitter for me. I wish more of the other flavors could come through, but it isn't terrible either. Worth a try.

semibaked, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to hopsleeroy for stashing this in as an extra.

DR Barleywine makes a very pleasant first impression. It shows up in the glass as a very attractive dark copper with ruby highlights when held to the light. One inch of light yellow head leaves some nice lacing within the limits of the style.

Smells like there will be some decent hops here. Pine, grapefruit and lemon are all hitting the nose with some light custard underneath.

With the first few sips, it's clear that this is going to pack a solid hop punch. The pine is even stronger on the taste buds than on the nose. After the hops take their first shot, there is a sudden, deep caramel note that then fades into a strong pine bitterness fueled by a little bit of alcohol heat.

This should age quite nicely. The pine and caramel notes are in a bit of conflict right now, but some age should round those flavors out and cut some of the heat off the finish. My guess is that, with a couple of years on it, this will become quite extraordinary. As it is, this is well worth a try, especially if you like your Barleywines to be just one step away from being a DIPA.

chicagobeerriot, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of joshuaseresse
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle received as an extra from billab914, thanks Bill! Poured into a snifter:

A - A cloudy, brown, caramel color with half a finder of white head. Slight lacing retention. Looks nice.

S - Sweet caramel, brown sugar, slight oak and earth. I find this to be quite pleasant. Little apple cider and dark fruits.

T - Sweet and slightly boozy. Toffee, brown sugar and oak.

M - Creamy but kind of dry. Leaves a bit of chalky feeling in the mouth. Needs a bit more carbonation.

D - Nice drinkability. I could drink about a pint or two bottles a night. Its boozy but at 11% it's kind of expected. I enjoy it though and am glad I got to try it.

joshuaseresse, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of jrcmlc
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

jrcmlc, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of thryn
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dan from Atlanta for donating this to me while I was up there!

This pours into my large wine glass a translucent reddish-brown; there is little head, but a layer of creamy tan foam lingers and is inviting.

Smell is sweet, rum, raisin, toffee. Alcohol is noticeable, but no off-putting. Smells fantastic!

Sweet, caramel-toffee richness floods the mouth, and a rum-alcohol burn follows. Faint bitterness lingers. It's not complex, but it's balanced and delicious.

It's not too light, not too heavy, not too carbonated, not too slick.

The first barleywine I ever had was English-style, and despite having really developed a love for extreme American styles since then, I really enjoy this. Is is smooth and not at all difficult to drink, warming but not biting. Not an everyday beer, but one I could happily drink often if it was available locally.

thryn, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of TheWillMitch
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

TheWillMitch, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of nriech
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trade from Enola.
Appearance: Looks like any barleywine. Amber, sticky on the glass, little head.

Smell: Almost burnt caramel. Sweet citrus, pine, alcohol, yeasty. Very low on alcohol smell.

Taste: Sweet, piney hops, orange. Kind of tart. Alcohol wasnt that noticeable so very smooth. I like the extra hoppiness in this. Good mouthfeel. A little sweet but well within paramaters for the style. A good solid choice.

nriech, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of ImusBeer
4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

ordered this at my Mall of GA favorite

I fugues it would come in a small glass but no. Very dark amber in color, you can just see light through it. Almost NO head.

As it approachs your lips the smell of sweet malt assalts your nose.

The first sip shows you a thick malty taste with a serious alcohol bite. Some molassas in there as well. The mouthfeel is heavy and malty almost warm like a Guiness.

Drinkability is great I like it but only one a night!

ImusBeer, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of mozim
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

mozim, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of Wolfpack2005
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 Vintage

A-dark amber, clean, no sediment, 2 finger head, nice lacing.

S-Sweet malts, pepper, cinnamon, a little bit of alcohol and hops

T-Mild malty sweetness, brown sugar, raisin, candied fruit, slight earth hops, mild grapefruit tartness, strong alcohol presence in the after-taste

M-Medium-heavy body, high carbonation.

O-This one didn't age as well as I had hoped. The pleasant complex sweetness that seemed to develop over time was overwhelmed by the strong alcohol after-taste. If that could be masked some how this would be an excellent ager.

Wolfpack2005, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of Sivad
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Sivad, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of DMXLOX22
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to ale glass.

Appearance: Pours a medium hazy, dark caramel coloring with a nice copper coloring.

Smell: Somewhat sweet smelling with a aronma of syrupie and fruity almost like apples.

Taste: Orange and apple like hops and dark flavoring of malts of caramel and a haze of strong to sweet molassas.

Mouthfeel: Surprised to see medium body but does leave a nice feeling in the chestical area. First barleywine turned out to be a nice one

Drinkability: Very decent for my first barleywine and does go down well almost reminded me of a stout. Load of sweetness and i didn't mind it too much. Cheers!

DMXLOX22, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of crewfan16
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

thanks triagestat for this beer in a great trade. poured a 2012 vintage to a snifter after a rough day at work....hopefully it will cheer me up.

a- pours a dark ruby/brown color with surprising clarity. aggressive pour produces an inch of off-white foam that fades quickly leaving some nice lacing. a nice looking beer.

s- sweet raisin and lots of malty sweetness. there is some citrus hop aroma that balances it out nicely. smells about like i would think a barleywine should.

t- sweet raisin is there, but way more hops than the nose, again in a citrus fruit like variety. lots of malty sweetness as well but not overpowering.

m- enough booze that i can tell its high abv, but nothing that takes from its drinkability. a bit of a oily, sticky mouthfeel that i would expect. a dry finish. moderate carbonation.

overall, a very nice barleywine. decent complexity, and i like the hop-forward profile. if it was distributed around here, i would have a few more in the cellar, but wouldnt go out of my way to trade for it.

crewfan16, May 17, 2013
Photo of risteardj
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

risteardj, May 31, 2014
Photo of NitroGen
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 12 oz. 11% ABV Brown bottle 06-07 date on the bottle written by Davelikesale who gave this to me in a trade. Thank you Dave!

P: pours a stunning brilliant medium amber pour with two fingers of intense light tan foam head that very slowly settles it a thin cover. Huge lacing

S: Huge aromas that I can detect sweet cameral, plums and figs spicy grains and alcohol.

T: Surprisingly thick that starts out really sweet malt, fried fruit caramel and settles on the tongue with some nice alcohol with and settles with a very nice alcohol aroma.

M: This one surprised me as it is a bit thick, sweet and not a huge amount of alcohol that I anticipated as it is evident only at the end. Very well balanced from beginning to end and I would definitely have again.

D: This one is a huge barley wine that I have been enjoying for over an hour just sipping and enjoying the flavors get even more pronounced as it warms. No more than one at a time for me please, but a definite one to recommend to others for a taste treat.

NitroGen, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of psumjl269
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

psumjl269, May 02, 2014
Photo of CruisaC
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

CruisaC, Apr 07, 2012
Duck-Rabbit Barleywine Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 538 ratings.